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Black History Month workshop is inspirational spark behind new book of poetry written by Kingston University students

Posted Friday 28 August 2015

A poetry workshop to celebrate Black History Month has been the catalyst to encourage a group of Kingston University students to publish their first book of poetry.

The book, Streams of Consciousness, is a compilation of poems by nine students from across Kingston University's five faculties who have collaborated together under the very apt name of Kindred Spirits.

Award-winning poets Deanna Rodgers and Sabrina Mahfouz collaborated with the students on some of the pieces, adding their experience to the students' passions.

Rui Jaime, a biochemistry student, arranged the original poetry workshop last year and has been instrumental in getting the book published.

"It started as a group of people with little or no experience of writing poetry and we surprised ourselves with what we were capable of creating," Rui said. "It seemed a waste to let all the talent disappear without being seen so we decided to write the book. Deanna and Sabrina heard about it and were so impressed with the writing they asked to be a part of it, which is a huge compliment and endorsement of everyone's work."

Four of the student poets that have contributed to Streams of Consciousness

Currently only available to buy online, Streams of Consciousness will be available in bookshops later this summer and an audio version is also due for release this year.

The Union of Kingston Students and the University's Widening Participation Team helped to cover some of the costs of the book publication. Rui said: "We are very grateful for all the support that the University has given us. A combination of their support and our hard work has culminated in this publication and I am very proud to be a part of it."

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Kingston University singers and musicians hit a high note at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Posted Friday 21 August 2015

Kingston University singers and musicians hit a high note at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Kingston University ensembles have enjoyed sell out success at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Twist Singers and the trumpet section of the Kingston University Brass Ensemble showcased their talents north of the border on a successful second trip to the annual arts spectacular.

The Twist Singers' repertoire ranges from pop to classics.Made up of students from across the University completing degrees including music, dance, drama, business and architecture, the Twist Singers is also open to local residents. During its Fringe trip, the choir captivated crowds with a repertoire ranging from classics to showstoppers, including extracts from Wicked and a choral arrangement of Adele's Skyfall. The Brass Ensemble played a fanfare composed for the occasion....


Kingston University receives Race Equality Charter Award

Posted Friday 14 August 2015

Kingston University receives Race Equality Charter Award

Kingston University has been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). This is the first year the Charter Award has been given and Kingston University is one of just eight higher education institutions to achieve it.

The Race Equality Charter Award demonstrates Kingston University's commitment and actions to improving race equality for its staff and students, including implementing changes to improve attainment and continuation rates among ethnic minority students; diversity of curriculum; and support for academic and support staff from minority ethnic groups....


Kingston University proves popular choice as race for remaining few degree places in Clearing continues

Posted Thursday 13 August 2015

Kingston University proves popular choice as race for remaining few degree places in Clearing continues

Hotline operators at Clearing headquarters are being kept busy as thousands of hopeful students call in eager to secure one of the few remaining places on Kingston University's degree programmes.

Deputy Director of Student Administration Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's Clearing operation, said the University had been impressed by the high calibre of applicants contacting the Clearing hotline this year. "Many callers have good grades and have only narrowly missed out on their original university choices," Dr Homer said. "Others had done better than expected and have been looking at different university options. There have also been a number of calls from mature students with existing qualifications."...


New £55m landmark building at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus gets go ahead

Posted Wednesday 12 August 2015

New £55m landmark building at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus gets go ahead

Kingston University has received the go ahead for a new £55 million building and landscaping scheme at its Penrhyn Road campus that will transform the learning environment.

Councillors on the Royal Borough of Kingston's development control committee unanimously approved the application at its meeting on 11 August and heard there was strong support for the plans from the local community....


Kingston University's sports science and nutrition courses ranked top in the country for student satisfaction in National Student Survey

Posted Wednesday 12 August 2015

Kingston University's sports science and nutrition courses ranked top in the country for student satisfaction in National Student Survey

Kingston University's sports science and nutrition degrees have taken top spots on the podium in the latest National Student Survey, with third year undergraduates the most satisfied in England and Wales. Both subjects carried off the highest honours in their respective fields, with 100 per cent student satisfaction ratings in the annual survey. That score was matched by a trio of other high performers - computer science (games programming), geography and mechanical engineering - which also received a maximum 100 per cent satisfaction rating.

Sports science degree courses at Kingston University received a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating in this year's National Student Survey.Acting Dean Dr Lucy Jones said the results were a ringing endorsement of the quality of the courses based in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. "Our students have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and top quality teaching," Dr Jones said. "One of the highlights for our nutrition and sports science students is the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment in our high specification body composition suite. Our computer gaming students, meanwhile, enjoy the opportunity to create commercially-viable games in the University's games laboratory, regularly working with illustrators, developers and experts from the field. Elsewhere, our geographers are given the chance to broaden their horizons through a programme of international field trips, exploring regions of such far flung countries as South Africa and Malta."...


Discovering the economics of success through Clearing

Posted Tuesday 4 August 2015

Discovering the economics of success through Clearing

When Sarah Mutombo, 19, opened the envelope containing her A-level results, her heart sank a little. "They weren't quite as high as I'd expected so I knew they wouldn't be good enough for my first choice university," she explained.

Unfortunately for Sarah, she didn't have an insurance place to fall back on. "I'd received other offers but had rejected them," Sarah, who is from Plaistow in East London, said. "I realise now that this was a mistake and I should have had a back-up plan but I do believe that everything happens for a reason and Clearing gave me a second chance to find a degree spot."...


Sportsman makes leap from basketball to biomedics after scoring a Kingston University place through Clearing

Posted Tuesday 4 August 2015

Sportsman makes leap from basketball to biomedics after scoring a Kingston University place through Clearing

When a shoulder injury forced up-and-coming Italian basketball player Shadi Ambrosini to rethink his higher education plans, he didn't let it put him off his stride for long. Instead, the sports enthusiast who had originally been planning to relocate to the United States to take up a university scholarship studying biology, bounced back with another plan.

"I'd already been awarded an academic scholarship but also needed an athletic one to make it viable - and that was dependent on me being able to play basketball at a top level," the 20 year old, who had been contracted to Italian Serie A basketball squad Cimberio Varese, explained. "When I hurt my shoulder, my basketball career was finished overnight and suddenly I found myself having to look again at my situation and consider what to do next."...

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